John Higgins survived a final decider against Jack Lisowski to book his place in the World Championship semi-finals and seal a historic feat for the legendary ‘Class of 92’.
After the previous victories of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark WilliamsHiggins’ 13-12 success marks the first time the trio – who all turned professional 30 years ago – have reached the last four at the Crucible since 1999.
Higgins will face O’Sullivan, who quickly dispatched Stephen Maguire in their quarter-final replay, while Williams battled Yan Bingtao to set up a final clash with 2019 champion Judd. Asset.
“We have three of us who all made it in 1992 and we are in the semi-finals 30 years later,” said Williams, who at 47 is the oldest semi-finalist since Ray Reardon in 1985. .
“What other sport can do something like that? It doesn’t really happen.
Higgins was on the verge of defeat when Lisowski, who stunned the favorite Neil Robertson in the previous round, recovered from an 11-9 deficit to take the lead for the first time since the first frame of the game.
But the 46-year-old relied on his decades of experience to respond with a century to force the decider, then grabbed a red missed early by Lisowski to compile a game-winning break of 72.
“I really don’t know where those two images came from in the end,” Higgins admitted.
“I struggled all day and hadn’t taken a chance. You just have to find a way to cross the winning line.
Earlier O’Sullivan insisted “I’m not a superstar” after reaching the last four for a record 13th time by claiming a comfortable 13-5 win over Maguire.
The 46-year-old clocked breaks of 71 and 126 in the first two frames of the morning session to surpass the record he shared with Stephen Hendry for reaching the last four.
But, despite the closure of Hendry’s record seven world titles, O’Sullivan is adamant that Scotland’s dominance of the sport in the 1990s still makes him the greatest.
“Stephen is an all-time legend to me, the greatest player ever,” O’Sullivan told the BBC.
“He was the Tiger Woods of snooker. Me, John (Higgins) and Mark (Williams) all did well, but when he was stealing he was a superstar.
“When there are three of us, we are not superstars. But when there’s a man dominating the sport like he did, like Tiger Woods, it’s on a different level.
It was another impressive victory for O’Sullivan, who started the tournament losing the first three frames of his first-round match against David Gilbert before coming back strong to beat the former semi-finalist and blow away. Mark Allen in the second round.
Williams became the second member of the “Class of 92” to progress as he relied on two spectacular breaks to end a fierce challenge from his Chinese opponent with a 13-11 victory.
Yan took the first two frames of the deciding session to establish a 10-8 lead, but Williams leveled up before invoking game-winning breaks of 66 and 78 respectively.
Williams added: “I can’t believe I’m still competing with the big boys and getting to the semi-finals and winning a few tournaments – it’s unbelievable.”
Williams will face Trump in the semifinals after the 2019 champion recovered from a dismal opening session of the day to reel off eight frames in a row and sink Stuart Bingham 13-8.
Bingham had turned a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 lead, but his missed black in the next one was the trigger for a spectacular comeback from Trump, who took the last three frames of the post session. -noon to prepare for his arrival in the stands.
“I couldn’t pocket a ball and I just tried to dig in and not be too mad about it,” Trump said.
“I managed to come out of the session 8-8, which I was incredibly happy about, and felt a lot more confident heading into the evening session.”
Class of 92 – John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams reach the last four
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